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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 16 — Aug. 3, 2009
  • pp: 14001–14014

Plasmonic nano-structures for optical data storage

M. Mansuripur, A. R. Zakharian, A. Lesuffleur, Sang-Hyun Oh, R. J. Jones, N. C. Lindquist, Hyungsoon Im, A. Kobyakov, and J. V. Moloney  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 16, pp. 14001-14014 (2009)

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We propose a method of optical data storage that exploits the small dimensions of metallic nano-particles and/or nano-structures to achieve high storage densities. The resonant behavior of these particles (both individually and in small clusters) in the presence of ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared light may be used to retrieve pre-recorded information by far-field spectroscopic optical detection. In plasmonic data storage, a very short (~ few femtoseconds) laser pulse is focused to a diffraction-limited spot over a small region of an optical disk containing metallic nano-structures. The digital data stored in each bit-cell, comprising multiple bits of information, modifies the spectrum of the incident light pulse. This spectrum is subsequently detected, upon reflection/transmission, with the aid of an optical spectrum analyzer. We present theoretical as well as preliminary experimental results that confirm the potential of plasmonic nano-structures for high-density optical data storage applications.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(210.0210) Optical data storage : Optical data storage
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: June 11, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 15, 2009
Published: July 28, 2009

M. Mansuripur, A. R. Zakharian, A. Lesuffleur, Sang-Hyun Oh, R. J. Jones, N. C. Lindquist, Hyungsoon Im, A. Kobyakov, and J. V. Moloney, "Plasmonic nano-structures for optical data storage," Opt. Express 17, 14001-14014 (2009)

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